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Going Solo

The Pleasures of Being Single

It’s spring, and love is in the air, or so the poets (and scientists) say. Look around and everyone seems to be holding hands or walking around with dreamy smiles on their faces. Except you.

Freedom as marronage

Live Free or Die

How does the desire to be free drive human beings to do extraordinary feats of love and courage? When a person’s freedom is abridged or violated, their pursuit of happiness is cut off. Choices then have to be may to secure freedom, a natural right endowed on all life.

Last Hope Island

World War II

War through film, art, observation, sacrifice and heroism

There are many books published about World War II, but these five amazing books bring the war to life in unique ways. Travel back and experience the war through film, art, observation, sacrifice and heroism. Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson

Essex

To See the World in a Grain of Salt

Microhistory Books Looking at Small Things With Big Impacts

Naturally, it’s important to study the grand, sweeping moments of history and analyze why they were so eventful—they were grand moments for a reason, after all. But it can be equally enlightening to practice microhistory, the study of a smaller unit of research, often a single person, family, event or village in excruciating detail so as to extrapolate larger questions about history, humanity and social change during a particular period.

witness

50th Anniversary of Woodstock

Sullivan County, N.Y., is putting up 36 giant fiberglass doves around the county, so you know something is up.  It seems they are preparing for millions of visitors in 2019 because all these years later, people are still talking about something that happened there many years ago…

C.R. Gibbs Winter Lecture Series

Join author, C.R. Gibbs for his Winter Lecture series at the Deanwood Neighborhood Library in February and March. The award-winning historian, humanities scholar and exhibitor of artifacts has appeared at DC Public Library since 1989. He has spoken at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, Arena Stage, colleges/universities and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Chocolate Wars

I Hope You're Hungry!

My husband says that Pennsylvania's state motto should be "I hope you're hungry," since everywhere you go there, someone is usually trying to feed you. I should know - many of those folks are my relatives. In addition to food books, I have also included books on beverages. After all, you might get a bit thirsty while "eating" these suggested titles!

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